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83103Rare 14 Karat Rose Gold Antique Cameo Stick Pin of Ajax, Greek Warrior-King, Hero of the Trojan War. An early 19th century carved hardstone cameo depicting the warrior-king Ajax set in a 14 karat (tests) rose gold frame mounted as a stick pin. The cameo displays the bust of Ajax facing left. Ajax is portrayed wearing a masked helmet over his long curling hair. His profile is pure Classical Greek; his neck is strong and muscular, his eyes are lidded, and he sports a densely-curled beard. He wears a toga clasped at the shoulder. Ajax was considered the second greatest warrior after Achilles (his cousin), and was the one who carried the hero's dead body back to the camp while Odysseus held the Trojans back. Ajax was one of the top fighters in the legendary Greek army that besieged Troy to win back the abducted queen of Sparta, Helen. Described in Homer's "Iliad" as a towering hero protected by a huge shield, Ajax killed himself after a quarrel with other Greek leaders when he was denied the honor of the armor of the dead Achilles. In perfect condition. book piece[See Illustrated on plate 90 in Michele Rowan's "19th Century Cameos".] top: width: 13/16", height: 1-1/16"; total length: 3-3/8"    side views,  top & bottom,  back$ 225.00photo

14 Karat Rose Gold Cameo Stick Pin of Ajax

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